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Grand Family Center

New Jersey’s first facility to support grandparents raising grandchildren by providing them with resources, counseling, and benefits assistance

The Booker Administration in partnership with Essex County, the New Jersey State Salvation Army and Newark Area Salvation Army opened the first Essex County Grand Family Center, located at 699-711 Springfield Avenue in Newark.

This will be the state’s first (second in the nation) resource center that will provide information and support for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The Center is a partnership between the City of Newark, Essex County and the Salvation Army, and is partially underwritten by a grant from the Nicholson Foundation, a philanthropic organization with a long history of supporting Newark-based initiatives.

“There are more than 4,000 households in Newark that are headed by grandparents and these grand families need our support. Raising children is difficult at any age; it is even more difficult for grandparents to take up the full-time duties of child-raising,” Mayor Booker said. “We have already opened Family Success Centers in Newark to support our parents and caregivers. This Grand Family Center will provide in one place the resources, services, and support that these larger families need to succeed and flourish.”

According to U.S. Census 2000 data, there are approximately 10,000 elderly Essex County residents who are responsible for raising grandchildren for various reasons, including parental drug abuse, incarceration and abandonment. The
new Grand Family Center in Newark will house a wide range of services to make it easier for grandparents to get information, support and services they need to better care for their grandchildren. They will have access to Social Security, disability, legal consultation, Medicare and Medicaid information. Additionally, they can obtain information about programs such as: County welfare, legal guardian information, child care, after school programs and homework assistance.

Annually, the Salvation Army assists over 1,000 Grand Families throughout Essex County. Services are funded through the Kinship Navigator Program, a division of Family Development in NJ, the Nicholson Foundation, the Victoria
Foundation, and the Schumann Foundation.

For information about the Grand Family Center:
Call (973) 373-5045